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Featuring 1,700 acres of lush, landscaped lawns, four golf courses, three restaurants, two swimming pools, a stately mansion and lake, and a plethora of activities, Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a unique wedding venue that offers a myriad of options to customize the wedding of your dreams. From an intimate garden party ceremony to an all-inclusive destination extravaganza to a post-nuptial brunch for a small gathering, Oglebay is the picture-perfect backdrop to your special day. For more information on how Oglebay Resort can transform your vision into the wedding of your dreams, call 304.243.4060, or visit oglebay-resort.com
OGLEBAY is where tradition begins—from your tailor-made wedding to your reception to the honeymoon afterwards. It’s a place where you will return year after year. You can choose among a variety of venues, such as the West Spa Patio that has a stunning view of the resort’s hillsides and Schenk Lake. You can then celebrate with a reception suited to your wedding size, from the rustic Caddy Camp to the graceful Glessner Ballroom. Oglebay is a canvas on which you can paint your perfect wedding, from elegant to rustic to anything in between.
Developed after Earl W. Oglebay willed his mansion— now a museum—to the city of Wheeling in 1926, the resort has so many celebration options that it can host multiple weddings in one weekend. Guests can enjoy a weekend full of fun, food, and friendship without ever having to take a step off the resort’s manicured lawns. Golfers can choose among four courses— championship greens designed by the late, great Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Jr., the 18-hole regulation Crispin Golf Course, and a nine-hole Par 3. After—or instead of—hitting a hole-in-one, a host of other activities beckon, including splashing around in the outdoor pool at the Crispin Center or the indoor pool at Wilson Lodge; paddle boating, fishing, and kayaking at Schenk Lake; visits to the Mansion Museum, Glass Museum, and the Good Zoo; horseback riding, biking, and walking; or even skiing and the Winter Festival of Lights in December. The West Spa provides an oasis for the wedding party to get mani-pedis or guests to enjoy a relaxing massage. Guests can gear up for the day with a hearty breakfast at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room daily buffet, have a late afternoon nosh at the new seasonal, outdoor Garden Bistro, and wind down with dinner at Ihlenfeld or the Glassworks Grill.
A Feast—and Several Settings—Fit for a Fabulous Wedding
Customizing is the name of the wedding game at Oglebay Resort, when it comes to both menus and venues. For the reception on the big day, couples can choose among different packages—Diamond, Platinum, and Gold—featuring a four-hour hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, and a plated or buffet dinner. Depending on the tier, the packages can include breast of chicken stuffed with lobster, lump crab-crusted halibut, roasted tri-pepper crusted tenderloin of beef, and Oglebay’s own jumbo lump crab cake, plus a variety of sides, salads, and vegetables. A three-tiered wedding cake tops off the celebration.
Customize your reception with a wide array of venue sites. Oglebay Resort has several to offer, starting with Glessner Auditorium, an elegant ballroom that holds up to 400 guests, who can dance the evening away on an inlaid wood floor underneath a dramatically draped wooden ceiling. The room’s unique split-level layout offers attendees a lot of room to mill around and visit with friends and family. An elevated stage, power screens, a sound system, and remote lighting provide additional entertainment options. Then there is the Pine Room, which has a similar capacity but a completely different feel. Built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, the Pine Room offers the warmth of a fireplace and the image of cool fun as it overlooks the outdoor pool. A stage also provides the opportunity for an evening of music and dance. Wilson Lodge has several sizes of banquet rooms that can be customized to seat up to 250. In all locations, Chiavari chairs and linens are among the items that Oglebay can provide to meet a couple’s expectations. Whatever your vision or dream, Oglebay Resort makes it come to life.
An All-inclusive Destination
OGLEBAY RESORT’S unique location makes it an ideal setting to bring friends and family together. When Maria Juliana Lloreda was looking for a place to hold her all-inclusive August 2015 destination wedding, Oglebay Resort—an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh International Airport—made a lot of sense. Born in Columbia, South America, Maria Juliana met her future husband, Leonard Maier, in Florida, and got engaged to him in their current home of Morgantown. Oglebay was close for their West Virginia friends and a convenient drive or flight for others. Maria Juliana loved the beauty and breathtaking view of her ceremony site—the West Spa Patio—where chairs were set up in a circular pattern for a more inclusive feel. For the reception, she and Lenny chose the dazzling Glessner Auditorium. She also loved that she could choose from a plated meal or buffet service, that the package came with served hors d’oeuvres and a cake with textured, ruffled buttercream icing. Between the ceremony and the reception, Maria Juliana and her bridal party also had time to ride around on one of two Oglebay Trolleys, where they could relax and enjoy a cocktail as they traveled to various resort locales—including the columned Mansion Museum—for photo opportunities. “It gave the wedding party, me and my husband the opportunity to spend time alone, have a few drinks, and talk.”
One of Oglebay Resort’s unique amenities are the two trolleys that can take wedding parties around the 1,700-acre grounds or even to points off-site for tours, after-ceremony photos, and more. The bridal party can relax, enjoy drinks, and visit with one another while the trolley takes them from one fantastic, photogenic destination—the Formal Gardens, the Mansion Museum—to another. The trolleys, which seat 32 people, also can be used to take a bridal party from a church to its Oglebay reception.
Lodging à la carte
For wedding guests who make a weekend of it, Oglebay Resort offers a variety of options, from cottages or estate houses where families and friends can gather to lodge rooms that offer hotel-like options to the Presidential Suite, where the wedding party can get ready for the big day in comfort and style.
Guests who choose the Wilson Lodge have a selection of rooms, from traditional to intermediate and deluxe, and now the newly renovated West Wing rooms. All rooms have LCD TVs, high-speed Internet, and Keurig coffeemakers, as well as easy access to Oglebay’s fitness center and indoor pool.
For large family gatherings or getting together with good friends, consider a cottage. They come in two, four, six, and eight bedrooms— as well as with amenities including traditional, deluxe, and premium, and options including a fireplace and a washer and dryer.
The 4,600-square-foot estate houses feature six bedrooms and six bathrooms and a powder room overlooking the Speidel Golf Club, which accommodates the Arnold Palmer- and Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed championship courses. All houses come equipped with gas grills, washer and dryer sets, dishwashers, and more.